I caught these guys on tour with the awesome Cancer Bats recently, but didn't pick up the album till a couple of weeks later. It took me that long to get my hearing back. Their recorded output - arguably, more so on this occasion than previously - just about matches the sheer, uncompromising brutality of their live set and No Tears for the Creatures is quite possibly the heaviest thing you'll hear all year. It's by no means an easy album to listen to, but there's a palapable sense of groove underpinning their sonic sh*tstorm that marks them out from other bands of this ilk. To boot, these guys are genuinely sound, down-to-earth chaps, making them exactly the sort of band British fans should be supporting... Just don't forget your earplugs if you go and see 'em live!
on 10 October 2009
... As it should be. I honestly think they are one of the best British metal bands ever. They where probably the heaviest band going without going out of their way to be heavy. They managed to be punishing and yet still create proper music instead of all the other metal bands who are just concerned about having the deepest breakdown or whatever.
It's a tradgey this band had to split, so many people would love them, yet they were ignored. It's just wrong.
This is their best album, so powerful and I cannot really fault any part of the band. Olly Mitchell has the most powerful voice I've ever heard and the drumming is fast and doesn't rely on a tacky double bass drums.
I could rave about this album for pages, so please take my word for it and buy it.
on 26 February 2010
In 2005, Johnny Truant brought out a blindingly good album entitled 'In The Library of Horrific Events'. This was, after an average debut, all the proof we needed that this band had all it took to stand out in an over-saturated UK metalcore scene.
Unfortunately with this, their third effort, Johnny Truant haven't managed to recreate the inspiring sound they had on the last album. The change in production was the first thing I noticed. On 'In the Library...' they had Adam Dutkiewicz on production duties. This proved to be a wise choice, as Adam D is at the top of the metal producers' game. Shame the boys hadn't chosen him again because the lower standard of production seems to take a certain element away from their songs. An element that previously featured in every song.
This is by no means a bad album, it just lacks the spark of their earlier days. The vocals sound more monotonous and the song structures are certainly more basic. I don't think it would be unfair to assume that they'd taken some influence from their Canadian peers and tourmates Cancer Bats. I'm sure lots of people are still fans of this album, myself included, but it seems such a shame for an amazing band to end their run with a 'good' album.
If you've heard a couple of Johnny Truant songs and are interested in hearing more from them, for goodness sake please buy 'In The Library of Horrific Events' and then move onto this. It's best to start off hearing them at their peak, rather than this.
on 10 November 2008
Johnny truant are set to split,i think it happens in december of this year,this album was released in june of this year,this album isnt that good,they have reasons unbeknown to me for their split,the lack of interest in this could well be one.
Johnny truant burst into the uk scene a few years ago and to my ears they sounded solid and pretty good!, despite sounding like many bands,there was something in them that told me that they could make it.
The years have passed and they fell to the wayside,limited hype was bounced about prior to this release and some positive reviews followed,i bought this expecting plenty and found myself admiring its energy but felt the songs werent instant nor memorable,several listens later and the same followed,nothing really,their end wasnt forecast in my mind but i sensed they did themselves no favour with this,a shame!